Soldier Diagnosis

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

An Army private charged with the slaughter of an Iraqi family was diagnosed as a homicidal threat by a military mental health team three months before the attack.

According to an investigation by The Associated Press, Private First Class Steven Green was found to have "homicidal ideations" after seeking help from an Army Combat Stress Team in Iraq in 2005. Green said he was angry about the war, desperate to avenge the death of comrades and driven to kill Iraqi citizens.

Medical records show the treatment was several small doses of a drug used to regulate his mood, and a directive to get some sleep. He then returned to duty in the southern Baghdad suburbs. Records indicate that no follow-up exams or further treatments were scheduled. But Green had a conversation with his battalion commander after the examination, in which he expressed hatred for all Iraqis.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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